Poster: Complete Streets Policy Implementation: Lessons Learned

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Complete Streets policies in existence as of May 2015 were compiled and evaluated using a tool developed by the study team to assess the extent to which 828 states, state departments of transportation, regional planning organizations, counties/consolidated cities, municipalities, and towns addressed project prioritization and implementation strategies in their policies. Additionally, telephonic key informant (KI) interviews were conducted with 16 individuals (planners, transportation/engineering/public works officials, and advocates) located in 8 jurisdictions with Complete Streets policies to help us better understand these strategies in practice. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using Atlas to identify common themes.

We found that 63% of jurisdictions addressed implementation steps, 34% addressed collection/reporting of performance measures, and only 14% addressed a community input component in their policies. Out of the 518 jurisdictions that addressed implementation steps, 43% mentioned creating a new approval process/procedures while only 26% mentioned that the jurisdiction seek out funding to implement the policy.

Some of the common themes that resulted from the KI interviews included: support from policy makers is key for successful implementation, most communities lacked a concerted project prioritization process, lack of funding/resources was consistently mentioned as a barrier to implementation, and the evaluation of the impact of Complete Streets policies on travel/usage was not being conducted.

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Emily Thrun , Chicago , IL (see bio)